It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star
Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown. This cigar retails for $15.99 and
comes in a 6 x 54 Toro. The name of the company represents an African-American owned
business founded by a firefighter with El Milagro bands nodding to first
El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown features a Nicaraguan Sun
Grown wrapper with an Ecuadorian binder covering Dominican and Nicaraguan
fillers. The cold draw reveals a flavor of damp earth. Off the wrapper, I pick
up a manure and leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot.
The first light gives me buttery toast and nutmeg on the
draw. The retro-hale offers me cedar and toast. On the finish, white pepper mixes
with cedar and caramel toast. Smoke output is voluminous with an easy draw.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the
draw, I find salty cedar with nutmeg and buttery toast. Through the nose, there
is light leather pairing with spicy toast. The finish gives me more buttery toast
on top of cedar. Strength and body finish out at medium.
One hour in, the second third burns down. There is a
delicious combo of cedar and leather with melting buttery toast on the draw. On
the retro-hale, I get more spicy toast alongside leather. The finish hits me
with notes of white pepper and more cedar paired with more buttery toast that occasionally
turns to a buttery dill weed. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. On the
draw, I pick up more salty cedar on top of floral notes and leather. Through
the nose, cinnamon comes into play pairing nicely with toast. The finish is delightful
with rich flavors of leather, buttery toast, and floral notes. Strength and body
finish out at medium.
The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown
is an excellent cigar. It delivers big on flavor with a most notable buttery
toast element that pairs perfectly with everything else. Construction is top
notch – no surprise coming from El Titan de Bronze – and smoke output is plentiful.
The only downside of this cigar is the high price tag.
However, I’m inclined to say it feels worth it to me, and the cigar is neutral
enough in terms of strength and body to please just about any kind of cigar
smoker. I highly recommend it if you can swallow the price.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star
Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres. This cigar comes in a single size – a 6 x 54
Toro – and retails for $15.99. It features a Mexican San Andres wrapper
covering a double Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. El Milagro San
Andres is rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida.
The cold draw offers black licorice and plum flavor. The wrapper
produces an earthly chocolate aroma, while I smell more of a chocolate out of
the foot. Once lit, I pick up black pepper spice with leather. My nose finds
toast and black pepper. There is spicier black pepper on the finish with very
Thirty five minutes into smoking, El Milagro San Andres mellows
past the first third. The draw offers me very light flavors of black pepper and
grassy earth. Through the nose, I pick up hints of burnt marshmallow with smoky
almond. The finish consists of black pepper and an unpleasant, sour earth.
Strength and body settle in at medium.
The second third disappears after an hour and fifteen
minutes. The draw is a blend of earth and cedar with black pepper. On the retro-hale,
things change with light floral notes and earth. The finish gives me more black
pepper and earth. Thankfully, the sour element has vanished. Strength and body
An hour and fifty minutes in, this slow-burner sees its
final puffs. Light black pepper blends with cedar and underlying citrus on the
draw. Through the nose, more floral notes appear with toast. The finish offers
grassy earth with citrus carrying through and a distinct fresh green pepper
flavor. Strength and body finish out at a steady medium.
The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres is a decent
cigar. It starts out with some unpleasant sourness, but flavors improve as it’s
smoked. I was hoping for a little more depth and body in this blend. It didn’t blow
me away, but it was pleasant enough. I believe this blend would benefit from six
months to a year of rest in the humidor.
The big gripe I have with El Milagro San Andres is the
price. My reviews are focused mainly on flavors and performance, but price does
play a part for most cigar smokers. It’s not the most expensive cigar around, but
$15.99 is a lot to pay for what I call an average cigar. If the price doesn’t
bother you, or you just want to support a small, lesser-known cigar brand, give
it a try.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon. For this review, I smoke the box-pressed Robusto vitola coming in at 5 1/2 x 54. This cigar features a toothy Cameroon wrapper concealing all Nicaraguan tobaccos. It retails for $5.50.
On the cold draw, I pick up a sugary sweetness. The wrapper produces a grassy aroma with the same out of the foot. Once lit, I get some toasty cedar. Through the nose, I taste the same with the addition of graham cracker. The finish consists of oak, almond, and black pepper
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I find nutty cedar and toast on the draw. Through the nose, spicy toast notes coat my palate. The finish consists of light cinnamon and pencil lead. Strength and body settle in at medium.
The second third ends at forty-five minutes. The draw gives me light nutty cedar. On the retro-hale, there is a much sweeter toast. I see no change to the finish. Strength and body drop slightly to mild-to-medium.
The final third burns away at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, nutty cedar remains consistent. Light black pepper and toast come through the nose. A nice caramel and cinnamon combo make for a tasty finish. Strength and body finish out at medium.
The AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon is a good cigar. It’s relatively simple and offers minimal complexity, but flavors are enjoyable enough. Construction is spot on as always with AJ. The selling point for this cigar is the price. You can buy two of these for the price of many single cigars on the market of equal quality. The value can’t be dismissed, and for that reason, I recommend trying it out.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec
Bradley Magic Toast in the Robusto size. This 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.95
and sports an extremely dark wrapper leaf from Honduras. Inside, there are both
Nicaraguan and Honduran binders as well as fillers from both of those same
The cold draw is snug with a mossy flavor. The wrapper
produces a rich dark cocoa aroma, while I smell chocolate and strawberry out of
the foot. The first light hits me with buttery cedar and black pepper. Through
the nose, spice kicks up with red pepper and more cedar. The finish gives me cocoa
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick
up cocoa and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, dried fruit blends
with walnut and floral notes. The finish offers up some dark chocolate with
raspberry and clove. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.
The second third brings me to one hour. I find more black
pepper on the draw with the addition of vegetal earth. The retro-hale consists
of buttery toast and more floral notes. The finish is delightful with sweet
chocolate and marshmallow flavors reminiscent of hot cocoa. There is no change
to strength or body.
The final third ends at one hour and thirty minutes. Black
pepper and black licorice mix well on the draw. I see no change of flavors
through the nose. The finish displays smoky cedar and black pepper. Nearly all
elements of sweetness drop off in this final third. Strength and body finish
out at medium-to-full.
The Alec Bradley Magic Toast is an excellent cigar. It
offers a ton of complexity with many dark, dessert-like flavors. Construction
is absolutely perfect with ash stacking like quarters. To top it off, the price
is extremely competitive at just a hair under $9. This is one of the best Alec
Bradley cigars to date, and I highly recommend giving it a try.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate
Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas. This little cigar is a 4 x 52 short
pyramid featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro wrapper and Brazilian Mata
Fina binder. The fillers consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos originating
from the trimmings of the Liga Privada No. 9 and T52. The cigar retails for
$6.25 and comes packed in boxes of 50 for $325.
Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the
draw, I pick up a mix of cocoa and leather. Through the nose, I find some mild
cedar flavor. The finish offers lingering black pepper spice with a hint of
cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium.
The second third ends at fifty minutes. The draw displays the
same flavors with some added pep. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar with
the addition of black pepper. The finish is delicious with a hearty blend of
bold cocoa, black pepper, and espresso. Strength and body jump slightly to
The final third wisps away around one hour and fifteen
minutes. I see no change to the flavors on the draw. Through the nose, black
pepper and cinnamon spice up my sinuses. The finish gives me bombs of black
pepper and dark cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.
The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas – what
a mouthful – is a solid small cigar. Complexity is on the low end, but the
flavors I picked up on this cigar were excellent. Construction is spot on, and
it even burns slower than expected. If you enjoy any of the Liga Privada line
of cigars, you will enjoy this. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s certainly a
tasty little smoke with a good price point. I highly recommend trying it out.
The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers. Also, they come packed in 16ct boxes, commemorating the number of steps on the stairway at Casa Favilli.
“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho’s visions and values were very similar…We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.”
This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper. And again, I cannot find a seam here! absolutely Stunning!!!
The Aroma coming from the wrapper smells like chocolate covered socks, but socks right after you take your shoes off. To any new readers, don’t fret, these are good aromas in cigar language, LOL! The foot gives off chocolate covered nuts, wood and musky soil. The cold draw was medium firm with tones of hay, tea and wood. A far cry from the rich potent aromas on the wrapper and foot.
First Third: How You Doin’!!!
Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m in love…I think. I’m immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I’m experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano, with a perfect draw and an admirable cloud output. The smoke is not as thick as it feels but it is raging off of the foot.
Later on in the 1st third, I notice a slight metallic mineral flavor that isn’t off putting in this case because it’s balanced by the initial flavors. Also, there is a refreshing cream flavor floating around on the palate as well as the retrohale. I couldn’t have scripted a better introduction to a cigar.
Second Third: Habano Love
Just as I thought the spice factor had warn out it’s welcome, it came charging back at my palate and nostrils in the form of a black and white pepper grenade. A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances. I guess it’s also fair to say that the strength has reached full because I’m getting a head buzz!
Final Third: Best Blind Date Ever.
Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it. we’re at a smooth level of bonding at this point. However, I am still getting satisfying blasts of dried fruit and citrus in the nose. Before I reached nub territory, I clipped the head again to open the cigar back up a bit. I guess drooling over your cigar from sheer bliss will inevitably cause a little tar build up, LOL! This alleviated any bitterness from ruining our night together. I Put the cigar down in the ash tray for the final time with semi sweet creamy cedar coating my palate.
I can’t help but to reiterate how beautfully made this cigar is. It’s quite possible that I stared at it for at least 20min, admiring it’s craftsmanship. After thinking, I realize that Casa Favilli only puts out works of art, considering the Mombacho line. I’m on the verge of diving into both brands as I’ve sampled 1 from each, including this one. But, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the experience!
I’d like to give a special S/O to my Brothers Shad Bates from Janus Tobak and Mike aka @EmojiStogies for providing all the Patina and Mombacho cigars in my humidor. I would also like to Thank you guys for taking the time to share another cigar adventure with me.
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It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation
Cigar Company’s newest offering. The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 is a follow
up to the original Tabernacle release. For this review, I smoke the Toro. This
6 x 52 parejo retails for $11.50. It features a Connecticut Havana Seed CT #142
wrapper concealing a Mexican San Andres binder and fillers from Nicaragua and
It should be noted this stick is one of the most perfectly
rolled cigars I’ve seen in quite a long time. The silky smooth wrapper produces
chocolate and leather while I smell rich tobacco. The cold draw gives me a hint
of raisin flavor.
Once lit, there’s an oily earth which I can best describe as
olive oil mixed with dirt. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa and marshmallow.
The finish hits me with leather and subtle black pepper.
Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw,
cocoa blends with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, there is an exceptionally
delicious combo of sweet cocoa and marshmallow almost like a hot chocolate. The
finish offers black pepper and leather alongside earth. Both strength and body
settle in at medium.
One hour passes, and I see the second third wisp away. There’s
more cocoa and black pepper on the tongue with the addition of graham cracker. The
retro-hale continues to delight with a transition to more of a Snicker’s bar
flavor with nougat, cocoa, and nuttiness. The finish gives me a blend of spicy
black pepper, cedar, and black licorice. Strength and body both bump up
slightly to medium-to-full.
One hour and forty-five minutes in, the final third
finishes. I pick up some cocoa, espresso, and leather on the draw. Through the
nose, there is another transition with flavors of cocoa, black pepper, and
cinnamon. The finish ramps up with bold black pepper, black licorice, and
orange peel. This third brought strength and body to a hefty full.
The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 by Foundation Cigar Co.
is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked in a long time. It’s a phenomenal blend
that astonishes the palate with a great deal of complexity and dessert-like
flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect, and smoke pours off this gem. It’s
a must try and multiple-box worthy cigar I highly recommend.